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Saturday, June 27, 2015

You Can Write a Memoir


Gail Woodard has created a detailed set of instructions for writing your own memoirs. Memoir Writing Made Easy takes the form of ten lessons that carry you from overcoming your initial inertia through outlining and research and, finally, to publishing.  Along the way she even covers legal issues involved in writing a memoir and dealing with troublesome family issues that might be holding you back.

Everyone has a story, but not everyone writes theirs down.  Whether you want to leave a written record for just your own family or publish a memoir for the world to read, Gail Woodard and The Memoir Studio want to help.  In addition to the e-book, a Basic Course and a Premium Course (one-on-one coaching included) are available from Dudley Court Press.

If you need a little help starting and/or finishing your memoir project, this book could be just what you've been waiting for!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Reading about Extreme Cognitive Gifts--Part 1


When it comes to children with cognitive gifts, misunderstandings abound. To help with the confusion, myths, and facts about gifted students, I've compiled a list of the best books I have found so far. From the definition of "gifted" to the education of the gifted to the special psychological makeup of students who inhabit the right tail of the IQ bell curve, these books will, together, give a basic education to any parent or teacher.
While programs abound for helping children whose gifts are not mathematical or linguistic, the students who excel and need more challenging material are often left alone. They will, of course, often take matters into their own hands and learn in spite of a standard curriculum that tries to keep them stuck intellectually with their "peers" (kids who have nothing in common except birth dates within a narrow range.) To simply ignore them, however, is to risk wasting their gifts by causing them to slack off (because they can get an A without any effort) or to act out because they are bored out of their atypical minds.
These books will offer valuable information to parents seeking ways to accelerate their children appropriately, even in the face of hostility from traditional educators. The information is also valuable to educators who truly want to help all their students grow, including those who are already several grades ahead intellectually.
Ellen Winner's book offers comprehensive coverage of cognitive gifts, while Sowell's concerns a special class of late-talking children with intellectual gifts. Both were very helpful to me in working with a variety of children, including my own six children and Sunday School children with various gifts.

Winner, Ellen, Gifted Children: Myths and Realities
I consider this the definitive work on the subject of gifted children for the layman or educator who needs an introduction to the broad range of issues these children present.

Sowell, Thomas, The Einstein Syndrome 
Dr. Sowell offers hope to a special group of parents: those who have a late-talking child who is not autistic or developmentally disabled. After typical reasons for late talking are ruled out, e.g. hearing problems or cognitive disabilities, Einstein Syndrome is a possibility.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Feline Movie Fun

Check out Mewvie: The Motion Picture for your Cat and enjoy watching your cat enjoy this film.


In episode 1: Backyard Buffet , birds chirp in the background as your cat sees videos of squirrels at play, bugs (not my favorite part, but this if for my cat's entertainment, not mine) and more.  Everything your cat loves to stalk is represented: rodents, birds, and insects.  I enjoyed watching the chinchillas play--knowing they were safe from my cats!

Other titles in the series include:

  • Birdland Bonanza
  • Bug Brigade, and
  • Hummingbird Happiness.
No animals were harmed in the making of these videos, but your cat can dream.  I received a free review copy and enjoyed it with my cats and my kids.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Quality Fiction for Church Library


Davis Bunn can be counted on for excellent suspense novels.  The Patmos Deception is the story of a journalist and an archeologist, joined by an interest in stolen Greek antiquities.  They are joined by a Greek businessman and discover more than they expected to find.

The Greek island of Patmos was the final earthly home of the exiled apostle John.  He was living there when he saw the Revelation.  Interesting setting for a novel.

This romance/mystery/suspense novel should have broad appeal to men and women and to readers of most fiction genres.

I received a free review copy of The Patmos Deception from Bethany House.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

DVD Giveaway Drawing: Pirate's Code

Family-Friendly Summer Viewing

This is the second movie in the Mickey Matson Series, but it can stand alone.  The story is a techno-thriller with a group of young people out to save all the world's technology from the Tesla Coil weapon.

Check out the trailer for a preview and order online from Great Christian Books.

Comment below and get entered in a drawing for a free DVD copy of Pirate's Code.  You can't win if you don't comment!


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Shopping for Summer Learning


Mead is a leading manufacturer of quality notebooks and a variety of other school and office products:

 Mead Note Taking Products

Mead Early Learning Products

Mead Organizing Products

For children in need of productive play, check out these two catalogs: HearthSong and Magic Cabin:

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Debut Novel from Christian Author E.C. Jackson


A Gateway to Hope  by E.C. Jackson is a story of Neka, a quiet young woman waiting for her dreams to come true, and James, an ambitious man with a difficult family.  Neka's family turns out to be a bit troublesome, too, although it is done out of concern for Neka.  Can an impulsive trip and a surprise proposal end in happiness for James and Neka?

The novel includes a lot of real estate development talk, since both families are in that business.  The events of the story are universal, though, as families deal with common problems whatever their business.  What the novel does not have is gratuitous sex.  Nor will you find foul language.   You can just read freely, enjoying a detailed story about relationships.

One item I would like to see in a future edition of this book is a list of characters at the beginning of the novel for reference.  I sometimes had to stop and think about which names were sisters and which were friends or cousins, for instance.  Not a big problem, though.

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